Queen guitarist Brian May has released a video for the title track of his recently reissued Back To The Light album, and – in what may be a music industry first – he’s apparently travelled through time to join his younger self for the shoot.
The new video finds 74-year-old Brian May arrive at the doors of London’s Hammersmith Odeon (as it was back then) to find the 45-year-old Brian May onstage with a band including drummer Cozy Powell and bassist Neil Murray.
Brian May the elder joins Brian May the younger onstage to perform Back To The Light – the pair trading moves and solos – before the video ends with 2021 Brian May putting a reassuring arm around 1992 Brian May as the pair soak up the applause.
“I feel kind of affectionate looking back,” says May. “Looking back at me 30 years ago, a young man with no idea of the incredible journey that was still to come.”
May has already released three tracks from the reissued Back To The Light album – Driven By You, Resurrection and Too Much Love Will Kill You – but the new single is the first to benefit from a physical release. It’ll hit stores as a CD and 7” white vinyl single on October 22.
“I’ve polished up the three original videos from 1992,” says May, “but the Back To The Light video is brand new – a short film with a story to tell.”
“Brand new” might be stretching it a bit – most of the footage comes from Live At The Brixton Academy, a live film by The Brian May Band released in 1993 – but hey, we’re not going to quibble with an actual time traveller.
Back To The Light (the album) is out now.